Q&A: The role of automation and artificial intelligence in cyber security ITProPortal.com

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With the ever increasing complexity and volume of cyber attacks, companies are increasingly turning to automated solutions and artificial intelligence in the quest for more effective protection. But how effective is an automated approach and will it become the norm in future? We spoke to Eran Barak, CEO of incident response specialist Hexadite to find out. Are we nearing the end of traditional approaches to security? Until very recently, companies have been spending their security time, resources, and dollars on products that gather information that is then handed to a person to act upon.


Darktrace's new AI automatically stops cyber attacks

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With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially and with many organisations now reporting hundreds of thousands of attacks an hour, or more, it's no secret that human cyber security analysts are struggling to keep up with the pace, and variety of attacks. Consequently it's little wonder that vendors are turning to artificial intelligence (AI), such as the Robo-Hackers that took part in DARPA Capture the Flag Challenge, to automate as much of the process as possible – from identification to remediation. A few years ago Darktrace, a cyber security company founded by a team of mathematicians and machine learning specialists from the GCHQ, MI5, and University of Cambridge, broke cover and announced its revolutionary new approach to identifying and countering zero day and other hard to find cyber attacks. What made the company unique though, and one of the reasons why it's now one of the darlings of the cyber security industry with more Fortune customers on its books than you can shake a stick at, was its approach – they created what they call an "Enterprise immune system," fashioned after the human immune system. Think of how the human body is able to identify, respond to and eliminate bacteria and diseases it's never encountered before, and now apply that same concept to cyber attacks, and you've got the basic concept.


What's the way forward for cyber security in an increasingly complex threat landscape?

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Barry Shteiman looks at the role of machine learning in cyber security and explains that, while it is not a'silver bullet', it has a distinct role when augmented with human intelligence. Cyber criminals are launching attacks that are far more complex than those security teams faced a decade ago. Long gone are the days when straightforward attacks such as SQL injections were the only worries for security analysts. Cyber criminals are now deploying advanced attacks that may take place over months. For security analysts today, it's just as important to understand the normal behaviour of all business employees as it is to identify suspicious activity.


Why automation and artificial intelligence are essential to cyber defense [Q&A]

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With the ever increasing complexity and volume of cyber attacks, companies are increasingly turning to automated solutions and artificial intelligence in the quest for more effective protection. But how effective is an automated approach and will it become the norm in future? We spoke to Eran Barak, CEO of incident response specialist Hexadite to find out. BN: Are we nearing the end of traditional approaches to security? Until very recently, companies have been spending their security time, resources, and dollars on products that gather information that is then handed to a person to act upon.


Is your cyber security team prepared for the security threats in 2018?

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Cyber crime vulnerability is mostly a result of the lack of preparedness of an organization to handle the unlikely event of a data breach or any other cyber threat. A survey conducted by PwC has revealed that only 37% of organizations have a cyber incident response plan in place! Three in ten have no plan, and of these, about half of the cohort feel that they don't need to worry about cyber security at all! However, with the rise in the incidents of cyber security breach, board members of most of the organizations are treading more carefully and are setting unreasonable security goals for their information security managers. This is not an ideal approach as a robust security infrastructure cannot be achieved overnight.